On 13th June 2017 in a message to the Universal Church, the Holy Father, Pope Francis proposed a more radical approach to the poor who he defined as including migrants, the homeless, people with disabilities and the isolated. His call is to go beyond charitable giving, important though it is, and to listen to the voice of the poor. He said in the message:
“We are called to draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love that breaks through their solitude. Their outstretched hand is also an invitation to step out of our certainties and comforts, and to acknowledge the value of poverty in itself.”
In parishes and deaneries across the diocese people are being invited to work as groups to develop this capacity, not just for the short term, but as an integral part of our mission in the future. Workshops will help to prepare people to be part of a listening and more attentive community. From this work, delegates will gather on Sunday 19th November, the First World Day of the Poor, with Mass at 11.00 at Cardiff Cathedral followed by a working afternoon at Cornerstone, to share experiences and to learn from those most closely associated with the marginalised.
The preparatory workshops are scheduled as follows: